Indie-rock trailblazers Martin Courtney and Francis Lung wax lyrical on the gear and songwriting behind their new albums

[L-R] Martin Courtney and Francis Lung
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You can make surface-level comparisons between Francis Lung and Real Estate's Martin Courtney with ease: both guitarists are known for their similarly laid-back indie-rock songwriting styles, in which they regularly blend luscious selections of guitar tones with glorious melodies and silky arrangements.

But of course, no two musicians are ever the same. By way of upbringing – Lung hails from Manchester, England while Courtney was raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey – or past struggles – Lung tackles mental health, substance abuse and relationships on his latest album Miracle – the musical output of each artist is an amalgamation of their unique set of life experiences.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.